I gave Texas the day off yesterday to pick on Kentucky for a change, but one day is all they get. I can’t help it. Texas Republicans have bent over backward of late to illustrate the difference between lying Republican rebranding claims and actual Republican business as usual. In light of the Republican response there to SCROTUS murdering the Voting Rights Act, is Texas blatantly racist?
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday vacated its rulings on cases involving Texas’s Voter ID law and redistricting map, citing its ruling Tuesday that struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act.
The court had suspended the Voter ID law and a GOP-drafted redistricting map by citing the portion of the Voting Rights Act that requires preclearance with the U.S. attorney general or federal judges for electoral changes in certain areas with a history of racial discrimination. After the court struck down a portion of the law on Tuesday, those rulings effectively were rendered moot.
Thursday’s action sends the matters back to lower courts for further litigation. Without Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in effect, Texas Republicans said, the Voter ID law should move forward. Democrats and minority groups may still sue to stop it… [emphasis added]
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The Post really downplayed the courts decision that found intent of both the Voter ID Law and Redistricting plan was to discriminate against minority voters.
Rachel Maddow and Marc Veasey (D-TX) discussed the policies Texas Republicans are about to implement that were previously adjudged too racist to allow by the courts.
"With discriminatory purpose" said the court. We're good to go said Rick the P*%$&. I already know what Republicans in Congress are going to do. The obvious extremists will spew hate as before. The sneaky ones (the rest) will feign cooperation, but will refuse to condemn the obvious haters, because they really support them, but just don't admit it. Then they will sabotage any real attempts at a solution.
Support LGBT folks wherever they still lack equality. Support the Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Muslims, Seniors, Disabled, Poor and everyone else whose right to vote Republicans are trying to steal.
So is Texas blatantly racist? I'd say no, but the Republicans who run it, and a those who run lots of other states sure are, not by what they say, but by what they do.